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WEBINAR REPLAY | Funding Food System Transformation: Lessons from Ethiopia

Eugenio Diaz Bonilla, Sisay Sinamo Boltena, Richard Newman, Namukolo Covic
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Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
International Food Policy Research Institute
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As countries develop national plans for food systems transformation, serious efforts are needed to mobilize the financial resources for design, implementation, and M&E. Ethiopia’s national plan, developed through Ethiopia’s UNFSS process, offers a valuable example of the evidence-based plans, investments, and activities that will require funding. This case will inform discussion of CGIAR work, developed for the UNFSS, on potential sources of funding for food system transformation activities. Specific examples to be discussed include mobilizing impact investors for climate change financing using CGIAR technologies; increasing access to finance for women in food systems; and using IMF issues Special Drawing Rights to guarantee zero hunger and pandemic recovery bonds.

Speakers will reflect on how to ensure that potential sources of funding can best meet the identified needs at the national level.

Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Nutrition / Food Systems

Eugenio Diaz Bonilla

Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla joined IFPRI as a visiting Senior Research Fellow in 2012 and in 2017 he was named Head of the LAC Program. He received a PhD. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. in Economics and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

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Sisay Sinamo Boltena

Dr. Boltena is the Senior Program Manager at Seqota Declaration (SD) Federal Program Delivery Unit in the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Ethiopia where he provides Technical Assistance (TA) through Nutrition International’s Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (NTEAM).

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Richard Newman

Sustainable Finance Investment professional with 10+ years’ experience within the financial service sector.

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Namukolo Covic

Namukolo Covic (PhD) is a Registered Nutritionist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She is a Senior Research Coordinator at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

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